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McEwan's Scotch Ale - Wells & Young's Ltd

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McEwan's Scotch AleMcEwan's Scotch Ale

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 09-06-2013

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 24
Photo of sweet-maltman_1
4.98/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Living in North Carolina, I cannot find McEwans. It was not available in the US for many years after Heineken took it over. However with Wells & Young now in charge it is available in New Jersey. I had to go to Eastern Pennsylvania 2 weeks ago and I popped across the Bridge at Easton and it is available in Phillipsburg at Free Bridge Spirits. I picked up 2 four packs. It is as good as I remember it. Great nose, feel and definitely taste. Dark fruits, a little pine, chocolate, vanilla and lots of malt. Just enough hops to keep it from being over sweet. I cannot say enough good things but like my name implies I like sweet malty brews. Only thing I wish is if it were available close to Raleigh, NC.

Photo of brureview
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By 6/15.

Poured a dark opaque brown color with a 3F head in a Gordon's Scotch ale glass. 4

Strong aroma: different than US Scotch ales. Heavy fig, prune, slightly sweet. US Scotch ales have more toffee, candy, and other flavors. 4.25

The body of the beer is a bit light- too much for the style. I prefer more viscosity in a Scotch ale. It tastes a bit watery. 3.75

Taste: excellent. heavy prune-fig. malty .4

Overall- a classic Scotch ale. Prune, fig, sweet, and very malty. The aroma lasts throughout the tasting. Warming brings out more flavor. 4

Photo of billybob
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Codyvanvactor
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. Best scotch ale I have tried. If you like bourbon barrel stuff, try this. Really good balance and plenty of scotch-ness. Not too boozy or syrupy.

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 12packpoet
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoelClark
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with minimal head. Smell is sweet maltiness with some roasted toffee hints as well. Taste is very much like the smell though not as sweet as I was expecting. Also extremely smooth and light for an 8% beer. Finish is a nice smoked malt flavor that lingers wonderfully on the tongue with just the faintest tinge of alcohol at the end. Overall very pleasant to drink with quite a nice taste. I'll definitely be looking for this one again.

Photo of Artisan-Korea
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer. High ABV but nice

Photo of Hodgson
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good effort, quite similar to the one I remember from 20 years ago. Nice malty quality - wet dark bread as another poster called it, good description - with a slight tang underneath from hops and or some other astringency.

It isn't "craft" as such in taste but very respectable. Older taste descriptions from the 70's and 80's often mention a roast quality which this one doesn't have. Apparently it came from roast barley and possibly (or at certain times) a touch of peated malt. I remember this myself in the ones from around 1980. It would be good if the brewery would tweak the beer to put this back in, but otherwise they have done a good job and nice to see it back.

N.B. I'm editing my review above to indicate that drinking a bottle today (January 4, '15) I do detect a clear note of roasted barley or smoked malt. Either this was there before and I missed it, or recent bottles are emphasizing this. I'd prefer a deeper malty note, but all told pretty close now to what I recall from 20-30 years back.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rmargeson
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Good stuff...

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is around a finger high, with a shade leaning heavily off-white (but not quite at mocha or khaki, either). It has pretty good retention and a creamy texture. Even better, the aforementioned creamy texture leaves behind plenty of lacing on the glass - a consistent ring worth, actually. Quite attractive. (4)

Smell: Typical of the style, it has a heavy caramel leaning, backed by some dark fruit qualities. Given it's slight age, a bit of sherry oxidation is coming through. Smoke is very, very subtle, but there if one concentrates. (3.5)

Taste: A touch of smoke opens it up. Afterwards, it evolves into combination of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate. The finish has a kiss of earthiness, too, along with some faint tea leaf. Not the biggest flavor profile by any means, but everything is balanced in check. So that's good! (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It's surprisingly light on the tongue. On one hand, it doesn't really feel rich or decadent; on the other hand, it's pretty drinkable in spite of its sweetness level. Carbonation is on the lower side, its drinkability coming more from its dry aftertaste than anything else. (3.5)

Overall: Certainly, it's a decent Scotch ale - it just seems designed for drinkability instead of richness. I'd definitely drink it again (even buy it again), I'd just rather drink something like Old Chub instead. (3.5)

3.53/5: Good scotch ale, very easy drinking for 8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. New brewer, new beer? Not entirely sure, but a few of these fell to me recently as party leftovers, so I thought I'd see how this brand has kept up, as such.

This beer pours a clear, very dark mahogany brown hue, with three lazy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually bubbly beige head, which leaves some broadly spectral swaths of splattered lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of strangely thin, but at least complicated caramel malt (treacle, toffee, and nougat all represented, if not wholly respectable), wet dark bread, a more rounded black fruitiness - plum, dried cherry, and sultana raisin - a subtle hint of ashy char, warm red wine notes, and earthy, grassy, and leafy hops, sedated all. The taste is bready caramel malt, dime-store toffee candies, a fading chocolate bar sugary character, straining at the tether peaty notes, muddled bruised fruit - maybe a bit of banana and overripe cherries prevailing - and leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed (courtesy of you-know-whooo) hops.

The bubbles are generally understated, and mostly just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight (neither wee, nor heavy), and pretty smooth, in the not quite fulfilled version of each term's intended meaning. It finishes off-dry, and much less sweet than I might be remembering, but, there it is.

It's been a real while, but I have to say that age and distraction aren't the only things messing with my recollection of the most recent ex-brewer's version vis-à-vis this current one. Sweet and malty, sure. A bit Scotchy in its vegetal astringency? You bet. Ok, so this does well enough by McEwen's legacy, but you won't see me rushing out late next January to sweep up more of this, I'm afraid.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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McEwan's Scotch Ale from Wells & Young's Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.